Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses a press conference at the international media center of the G20 Summit at the ITPO Convention Centre Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, India, 10 September 2023. EFE/EPA/FILE/RAJAT GUPTA

Trudeau finally takes off after getting stuck for two days in India

New Delhi, Sep 12 (EFE).- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau managed to leave India after being stuck for two days in New Delhi, following the G20 summit, due to a technical problem with his plane.

“On behalf of PM @narendramodi Ji and my colleagues in govt, I was at the airport today to thank Mr. Justin Trudeau, Hon’ble Prime Minister of Canada @JustinTrudeau for his presence at the #G20Summit and wished him and his entourage a safe trip back home,” Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, posted on X.

The Canadian delegation was stuck in the Indian capital since Monday morning, after technical snags were reported in its official plane, causing the prime minister and his entourage to spend two more days in the Indian capital than initially planned.

“These issues are not fixable overnight, our delegation will be staying in India until alternate arrangements are made,” a statement from Trudeau’s office said on Monday.

Mohammad Hussain, the spokesperson from Trudeau’s office, said in a statement early Tuesday that the plane’s technical problem had been resolved.

The Canadian prime minister traveled to New Delhi on Friday to attend the G20 leaders’ summit that concluded on Sunday.

The incident with Trudeau’s plane adds further discomfort to what is being seen as an uncomfortable visit for the Canadian leader, especially due to his tense relations with India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

On Sunday, after the summit concluded, Modi publicly expressed his concern over continued “anti-India” activities by extremist groups residing in Canada.

Although he did not make direct accusations, India has been reproaching Canada for years for allowing the presence of separatist groups formed by followers of the Sikh religion of Indian origin.

According to local media reports, Trudeau also skipped the reception dinner for the G20 leaders hosted by Indian President Droupadi Murmu on Saturday.

“Putting partisanship aside, no one likes to see a Canadian prime minister repeatedly humiliated & trampled upon by the rest of the world,” Canada’s opposition leader Pierre Poilievre posted on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.

With his departure from India Tuesday afternoon, Trudeau became the last G20 leader to leave India after the summit. EFE